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NLW 2009: Debrief

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Mutant Lives displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

Mutant Lives displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

For those who don’t know what NLW stands for (I was asked this on two occasions on the ALA Main Stage in Second Life), it stands for National Library Week. This was our second year in SL celebrating NLW. The theme was Worlds Connect @yourlibrary and Island staff tried to make connections with other agencies in SL to widen the scope of our celebration. We had two very well-attended presentations, one given by North Lamar (Joe Sanchez) on Virtual Worlds, with more than 20 avis present throughout, and by Cielo Paris (Jenny Levine) on the ALA Connect application just launched the week before, with more than a dozen attending. Two great book talks were given, and at all times there were plenty of multimedia programs to be visited at AL Focus Mountain or on the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform. We did everything we’ve done before and it went smoothly–we’ve gotten pretty good with it.

Biran's Gadgets displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.


We also ran a treasure hunt that didn’t involve free t-shirts or posters but honest-to-goodness prizes given by honest-to-goodness SL vendors outside the InfoIsland Archipelago! The concept was to spread gift boxes to various sims on the Archipelago (Land of Lincoln, Bradburyville, etc.). The hunter finds a box that has a gift, a landmark to the store from which the gift came, and the landmark for the next sim in the hunt. I’ll readily confess it could have been better, but we had eight vendors out of the two dozen solicited volunteer to provide valuable gifts to the treasure hunters, from 50% off gift certificates to event gadgets, fun accessories and games. Two vendors had to drop out because I wasn’t available in time to work with them-I learned much about the fine details of setting up this kind of event. We also had someone basically walk off with a gift box and had to take that sim out of the hunt. Twenty people are recorded as having bought our treasure map (for free). I don’t have any information from the vendors as to how much traffic came to their stores from this rather modest group. As you can see from screen caps, three stores put up an NLW Sponsor poster, which we hoped let the wider SL world know about us. I am determined to grow this hunt during future week-long activities excepting AC and MW, when there’s already too much to do and too few to do it! But I believe strongly that we need to connect with the rest of Second Life and not become a special interest ghetto, and this is one way to do that.

Mimi*a*Go*Go displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

Mimi*a*Go*Go displays our sponsorship poster at storefront.

FWIW, here are the numbers for the week of April 12-18 when I break down our stat collectors to unique visitors:

  • Salon Huron = 64
  • Main Stage = 411
  • Banned Books Week Village = 64
  • AL Focus Mountain = 13

Frankly, the numbers are not the way to measure this event, which we really attempted to spread out beyond our island. If anyone else out there has numbers for that week, please post in a comment here! What I find most fascinating is a relatively newcomer to SL and the Archipelago just being there the whole week! One fellow has apparently applied for a job at the ALA Washington Office! (I’m rooting for you! We need more ALA staff with SL experience!) He went to everything, although at times it looked like he may have been sleeping!

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Video at Sky Book Platform: 2009 National Library Week Kicks Off at RainbowPUSH Coalition Headquarters in Chicago

You can now view — on the new screens! — at the Sky Book Platform the seven-minute video that details the kickoff for the 2009 National Library Week at the RainbowPUSH Coalition Headquarters here in ALA’s hometown of Chicago — the 51st celebration of National Library Week! RSVP at the Facebook Event Page.

As noted in the Visibility @ your library blog of ALA’s public relations department, the Public Information Office, in the entry, Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

Reverend Jackson, Fiels kick off National Library Week at RainbowPUSH Coalition headquarters

In recognition of the valuable contributions of our nation’s libraries, Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., CEO and Founder, RainbowPUSH Coalition in Chicago, and American Library Association (ALA) Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels spoke at a televised forum about the value of libraries and then read to 20 children on April 11.

The event kicked off the 2009 observance of National Library Week and took place in RainbowPush’s library.

During the RainbowPUSH Coalition’s Saturday Morning Forum, Reverend Jackson and Fiels discussed how libraries are an important community hub of literacy and learning; and a place people turn to during difficult economic times. The Reverend also reflected on libraries as community equalizers, and places of opportunity and knowledge.

Reverend Jackson read We Were the Ship by Kadir Nelson, winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and Fiels read Dr. Seuss’ I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew.

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Dracula on ALA Island! (And so much more)

In honor of Halloween on Friday, October 31, the Mercury Theater on the Air radio production of “Dracula” plays at the Sky Book Platform, which stars drama legend Orson Welles. Set your World/Environment Settings to Midnight for extra creepiness! (1 hr)
ALA Island (129, 156, 69) – Sky Book Platform

We have that classic (!) 1947 Vocational Guidance Films title, “The Librarian,” playing on the large screen at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform. (10 min)
ALA Island (206, 100, 46) – Galen Noltenius Sky Platform

The StoryLines Midwest episode featuring “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold continues at Story Hour Garden.
ALA Island (25, 101, 21) – Story Hour Garden

ALA’s member magazine, “American Libraries (AL),” has been producing video segments for over a year now under the banner “ALFocus.” All of them, with the newest first available, can be viewed in-world at the ALFocus Video Village up in the mountains of ALA Island. Just click the screen to get the menu of choices.

ALA Island (79, 44, 44) – ALFocus Video Village

Two Newest  —
* Gaming at Oak Park (IL) Public Library
* LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) National Forum 2008: Technology and Community

Did you get to see everything that our Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square had to offer? Literary references abound on the many buildings and cars! Snap a picture in front of Gulliver’s Travel Agency. Pose as Romeo & Juliet on the ladder outside Dr. Frankenstein’s Apothecary. Stand on a soapbox in front of the Court House. And see if the Banned Books Trivia Cage right in front of the Public Library traps you…!
ALA Island (121, 98, 29) – Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square

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